Jamie Spears has said the court was ‘wrong’ to suspend him from daughter Britney’s conservatorship.
The singer’s father, 69, who has been in charge of Britney’s estate for the last 13 years was removed as her conservator in a hearing that took place on Wednesday at Los Angeles Superior Court.
A judge ruled thatJamie remaining in charge of Britney’s estate was ‘untenable’ and agreed with Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart it was in her ‘best interests’ that he be removed.
A temporary conservator will now be appointed before a hearing to terminate the conservatorship entirely will take place at a later date.
Speaking for the first time since the decision, Jamie’s attorney released a statement on his behalf which branded the ruling ‘disappointing’.
It read: ‘Mr Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally. For thirteen years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father.
‘This started with agreeing to serve as her conservator when she voluntarily entered into the conservatorship.
‘This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children.
‘For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required.
‘For Mr Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney.
‘These facts make the outcome of yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney.’
The statement continued: ‘Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer.
‘Again, it was Mr Spears who took the initiative to file the petition to terminate the conservatorship when neither Britney’s former court-appointed counsel nor her new privately-retained attorney would do so.
‘It was Mr Spears who asked the court at yesterday’s hearing to immediately terminate the conservatorship while Britney’s own attorney argued against it.
‘Despite the suspension, Mr Spears will continue to look out for the best interests of his daughter and work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters.’
Britney has been fighting for her dad’s removal, after describing the conservatorship as ‘abuse’ and claiming it restricted her life more than necessary.
During a testimonial this summer, Britney alleged that while under the conservatorship she was blocked from having another child by being made to keep an IUD in her body.
She claims she wasn’t even allowed to be driven in a car by her fiancé Sam Asghari, who she has been dating since 2017.
After months of scrutiny and following Britney’s testimony, her father Jamie unexpectedly filed to end the conservatorship earlier this month.
The legal arrangement had been in place since 2008, following the Oops I Did It Again hit-maker’s public breakdown.
Britney was seen celebrating the ruling on Instagram, as she told fans she was on ‘cloud nine’ while flying a plane for the first time.
Her husband-to-be Sam marked the court’s decision on social media, while celebrities, including Cher and Bette Midler, threw their support behind the ruling.
Britney’s conservatorship was catapulted back into the spotlight earlier this year, following the release of documentary Framing Britney Spears that explored the terms of the legal arrangement and her treatment by the paparazzi.
A conservatorship is usually used for the elderly or those unable to make decisions in their own affairs due to physical or mental limitations.
To remove a conservatorship, a medical evaluation is usually required.
In her testimony in June, Britney said she didn’t want a medical evaluation: ‘My requests are just to end the conservatorship without being evaluated. I want to petition basically to end the conservatorship, but I don’t want to be evaluated, and be sat in a room with people four hours a day, like they did to me before. And they made it even worse for me after that happened.
‘I’m honestly new with this. And I’m doing research on all these things. I do know common sense and the method that things can end – for people, it has ended without them being evaluated. So I just want you to take that in consideration.’
A hearing to discuss the termination of the conservatorship was set for November.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to a rep for Britney.
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